Giveaway poster contest for Valentine’s Day!

by singlemomseeking on January 11, 2009

When Online Poster Printing first contacted me about this amazing giveaway contest for you — including a poster for yours truly — I knew exactly what I had in mind for my bedroom wall:

A blow-up poster of Denzel Washington. Doesn’t his laugh just make you melt? Mmmm. (C’mon now, single dads, we know you love his action flicks!)

All of you, however, might have changed my mind.

After my recent post, “A little hope?“  you blew me away with your comments. (Thanks, you have no idea how grateful am.)

It was Judy who suggested that I rephrase my question to focus on Rachel — instead of “trying to find that reassurance in a relationship.”

Judy reminded me of the lesson that Dorothy learned in Oz:

If I ever have to go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t go any further than my own back yard. If it’s not there, then I didn’t really lose it to begin with.”

I think Judy is onto something! That’s why I’m thinking of ordering a poster with this question in bold:

“Am I a confident, intelligent, sweet single woman who can appreciate myself as a woman, mother — and blogger?”

Maybe I’m embed the letters over this photo, one of my favorites taken last year:

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Two winners will receive 16×20 customized Poster Prints.

One grand prize winner will receive a 16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print (this is about $100 value!)

So, how can you you win a free, customized print?

Here’s the contest:

If you could blow up any image on a 16×20 poster for your bedroom wall, what would that image be?

(Keep it PG-13, moms and dads!)

You have until January 19 to comment.

I’ll pick three winners randomly. Ready, set, go…

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Wondermom January 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Definitely a picture of me with my boys! They are my reason for living but at 2 and 4, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day struggles and forget how much they look to me for strength and guidance and how much brighter my life is with them in it.

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Bad Mummy January 11, 2009 at 10:20 pm

This is mostly PG-13… ;-)

A friend of mine took a photo of me in which I look brave and fierce; 2 things I don’t see in myself without someone reminding me of these qualities.

I’ve been meaning to have this photo printed and framed and hung in my bedroom to remind me of these qualities as I leave the room to start my day.

Bad Mummy´s last blog post…Family Matters

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Heather January 12, 2009 at 12:44 am

I’d probably choose one of the four self-portrait photos I took during a photography class in college. There’s something about that young, idealistic, can-conquer-anything face that I’d love to rediscover in myself now.

Heather´s last blog post…Gentlemen (swimmers), start your engines.

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Dr.Leah www.singlemommyhood.com January 12, 2009 at 4:10 am

I always think of my bedroom as the “kid free” zone. I would chose a magnificent view from the Pacific coast in Malibu. With just a bit of imagination, I could hear the waves crashing on shore. Bliss!

Dr.Leah http://www.singlemommyhood.com´s last blog post…Getting that “online sixth sense”

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Carolyn January 12, 2009 at 6:10 am

I would get a print of my favorite Zen sayin, that has been giving me hope through my divorce:
“Leap, and the net will appear.”
I am terrified of my life right now, feeling utterly groundless and untethered, but I try to remember that all I can do is put one foot in front of the other and trust that the Universe will provide exactly what I need (life challenges included!).

Carolyn´s last blog post…New Home (I Hope)

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won January 12, 2009 at 7:10 am

This one is so easy for me to answer. I have had it planned in my head for years now.

On my desk, gently padded with tissue paper, backed by a piece of cardboard to keep it from bending, and wrapped in an envelope to keep the dust at bay is something that reads:

“Forever Portrait.”

In the image contained inside, my daughter sits beautifully with her legs off to the side. Her hands hold two yellow roses. She is looking off…past the edge of the frame…as if gazing into the future. Her smile, beautiful. Her skin, flawless. Her eyes remind me of the innocence since lost.

My son stands behind her with one arm behind her back, gently touching her. The other of his arms, down his side with his hand stuck in his pocket, looking like “the man.” His face shows no sign of the pain that lies ahead. He looks at peace with the world, with his life.

It was a photo representative of life as we used to know it. It is rich with colors, hope and expression.

Since my daughter’s passing, I have kept it tucked away as mentioned for safe keeping. It has always been my hope that one day, I could have this made into the “Forever Portrait” to hang. It might warm my soul on some lonely, sad nights.

Without hesitation, that is the image I would blow up for the wall.

won´s last blog post…Check this out…

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BlueBella January 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

This summer I’m conspiring to have a whole family portrait done – with my folks, my sister’s family and my family. With 6 kids under 9 it’s going to be an epic task, but I’m bound and determined to make it happen. That pic would be my pick as family is the single most important part of my life!

BlueBella´s last blog post…I’ve Got A New Doormat and It’s Shaped Like A Man

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Mike January 12, 2009 at 8:39 am

That’s a great picture.

Mike´s last blog post…Must Love Dogs 2

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Legal Editor Mom January 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

Because I have a whole wall off our kitchen dedicated to my daughter (including a fabulous portait I recently had done of her), my desired blown up image for my bedroom wall would not be of her.

Instead, I’d like an image of a lion, which is the symbol for my astrological sign of Leo. Lions are magnificent animals that symbolize power, courage, and nobility of family—all qualities I aspire to.

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Kelly January 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love that picture of you guys! Of Denzel, not so much. I think he’s a gorgeous man, but not in that pic!

I’d probably use the one of my daughter kissing a dolphin. Favorite. Picture. Ever.

Kelly´s last blog post…The Weekend

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singlemomseeking January 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Kelly: Ha, you’re right, Denzel does look a bit funny in that photo. I just imagine his laugh… but there are more gorgeous pics out there of him.

Oh, enough of Denzel!

I LOVE your ideas here.

BlueBella: I would love to see that family photo!

Heather: Bringing back an image of yourself in your 20s is a great idea.

WON: Thanks for painting that beautiful picture in my head.

Keep ‘em coming!

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judy January 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm

no blown-up kid photo in my room (We already have a plethora of her framed everywhere including the bathroom) And I don;t want her looking at me when I get that man in my bed.

I am seeing a photograph of a folk-art heart-in-hand symbol.

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singlemomseeking January 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Dr. Leah: Thanks for the reminder that my bedroom is for romance, not for parenting. How did I forget that??

And Judy, thanks for backing that one up! You two are so good. I’m lucky to have you you on my team.

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Jessica C January 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I was going to say the kids but after reading this I think mabey a beautiful beach scene that I may go to one day.

Jessica C´s last blog post…book giveaway

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Katherine (SOLO dot MOM) January 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

Oh the ocean would be my pick as well… nothing more soothing… than a wave crashing onto a beautiful beach….

Katherine (SOLO dot MOM)´s last blog post…BIGGER is Better?

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Kindall Nelson January 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I would absolutely print a family portrait. Possibly even a family portrait in the middle and a border of some of my favorite photos of the kids.

I love my kids, ages 3, 5, 7 & 11, but being a single mom can be so hard (im preaching to the choir, right?) The best thing for me to look at every night as I fall into bed would be a poster sized print of my children, smiling. (Because we all know that chances are there were several times during the day that they were not so happy.)

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Amy Sue Nathan January 16, 2009 at 7:03 am

I’d do a photo of my kids laughing. Nothing brings me more peace. Their laughter reminds me that anything is possible…but that is because there was a long time when there was no laughter here. So it’s a matter of perspective.

Amy Sue Nathan´s last blog post…Find other single-moms, even when there are none nearby

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Andy January 16, 2009 at 9:39 am

I would have a picture of my friend and her daughters. But, I would have it given to her to put above her bed. She’s a single mom of 2 teenage girls and has been thru a lot in her life, not just with the struggles of being a single parent but medical issues she has faced with herself and her daughter. She has a condition which causes her to have a depleted immune system and her youngest daughter suffers from a malformation of the brain. But, neither her or her daughter let the medical issues they face control their lives. This family is very special to me they all three have a caring and loving heart and none of them would ever ask for help but are always giving of themselves and give what ever they may have to offer. I doubt my friend would even accept a gift like this but I know in my eyes and in my heart that her and her girls deserve it.

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Kristin January 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Probably a happy portrait of myself…so when I’m feeling down I can look up and remember I’m so much prettier when I’m happy!!!

I could totally go with a nice beach view too though…for sure.

I’d love more than anything to have the space/time/supplies to PAINT a painting that big…that just would be heavenly. I don’t know what I’d paint, but I’d start with a yellow background I think, then maybe paint blue over it. Tres therapeutic!

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Eve Hall February 6, 2009 at 8:28 am

It would be me with my two beautiful grandkids!

New Edition

A baby is a gift from above,
created from the fruits of love.
Two hands, two legs, two eyes,
just the right length and size.

Open your two eyes and see,
how precious you will always be.
Two feet, two lips, two arms,
we’ll protect you from life’s harms.

We’ll watch you grow each day,
by our side you’ll always stay.
You will never have a clue,
how much love we have for you.

© Eve Hall 2009

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